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# Kinetic Energy

It's love that makes the world go round."- Ancient DittyEnergy makes the world go round.ENERGY explains EVERYTHING."WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGYThe fundamental problem of particle dynamics is to determine theexternal forces that act on an object, then use them to find the position ofthe object as a function of time. In more detail, once we know the forces we add them to get the resultant force ~FR, which we put into Newton's second law in order to get the acceleration ~a. We can them find the final velocity by integrating the time-varying vector equation, inserting the initial velocity as an integration constant. We can repeat the integrationto find the time-varying position. If the resultant force is constant in timethese integrations produce ~v = ~v0 +~a t and ~s = ~v0 t+(1=2)~a t2. However,there is an important class of problems in physics in which the forceis not constant but varies as a function of the position of the particle.The gravitational force and the force exerted by a stretched spring areexamples.With the introduction of work, power, and energy, we have alternative methods for the solution of dynamics problems, methods that involve scalar equations rather than the vector equations required in the directapplication of Newton's laws.More important than the alternative methods themselves is the concept of energy and the conservation law associated with it. The principle of conservation of energy is universal: it holds in all cases if all energy iscarefully accounted for. It is true even for areas of physics where Newton's laws are not valid, as in the atomic-molecular-nuclear world. It is of major interest in an energy-conscious world.
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• 1. WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGY MISN-0-20 by John S. Ross, Rollins College 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2. Work a. Meanings Associated with Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 b. Deﬁnition for Constant Eﬀective Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 c. Work Done by a Constant Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 d. Units of Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGY e. Illustration of the Work Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 f. Graphical Interpretation of Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3. Work Done by Variable Forces a. Work During Inﬁnitesimal Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 b. One Dimensional Motion: An Integral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 c. Example: a Stretched Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 d. General Motion: A Line Integral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 i 4. Power a. Deﬁnition of Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 H b. Units of Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 5. Kinetic Energy a. Deﬁnition of Kinetic Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 f b. The Energy Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 6. The Work-Kinetic Energy Relation a. Derivation of the Relation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 b. Signiﬁcance of the Relation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Project PHYSNET · Physics Bldg. · Michigan State University · East Lansing, MI 1
• 2. ID Sheet: MISN-0-20 THIS IS A DEVELOPMENTAL-STAGE PUBLICATION OF PROJECT PHYSNET Title: Work, Power, Kinetic Energy Author: John S. Ross, Dept. of Physics, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL The goal of our project is to assist a network of educators and scientists in transferring physics from one person to another. We support manuscript Version: 4/23/2002 Evaluation: Stage 1 processing and distribution, along with communication and information Length: 1 hr; 48 pages systems. We also work with employers to identify basic scientiﬁc skills as well as physics topics that are needed in science and technology. A Input Skills: number of our publications are aimed at assisting users in acquiring such 1. Deﬁne the integral, evaluate integrals of polynomials (MISN-0-1). skills. 2. Deﬁne the scalar product of two vectors and express it in compo- Our publications are designed: (i) to be updated quickly in response to nent form (MISN-0-2). ﬁeld tests and new scientiﬁc developments; (ii) to be used in both class- 3. Solve problems involving Newton’s second law (MISN-0-16). room and professional settings; (iii) to show the prerequisite dependen- Output Skills (Knowledge): cies existing among the various chunks of physics knowledge and skill, as a guide both to mental organization and to use of the materials; and K1. Vocabulary: watt. (iv) to be adapted quickly to speciﬁc user needs ranging from single-skill K2. State the line integral deﬁnition of the work done by a force and instruction to complete custom textbooks. explain how it reduces to other mathematical formulations for spe- New authors, reviewers and ﬁeld testers are welcome. cial cases. K3. Deﬁne the power developed by an agent exerting a force. PROJECT STAFF K4. Derive the Work-Kinetic Energy Relation using Newton’s second law and the work done by a variable force. Andrew Schnepp Webmaster K5. Deﬁne the kinetic energy of a particle. Eugene Kales Graphics Output Skills (Problem Solving): Peter Signell Project Director S1. Calculate the work done on an object given either: ADVISORY COMMITTEE a. one or more constant forces, or b. a force that is a function of position along a prescribed path. D. Alan Bromley Yale University S2. Use the deﬁnition of power to solve problems involving agents E. Leonard Jossem The Ohio State University exerting constant forces on objects moving with constant velocity. A. A. Strassenburg S. U. N. Y., Stony Brook S3. Use the Work-Kinetic Energy Relation to solve problems involving the motion of particles. Views expressed in a module are those of the module author(s) and are not necessarily those of other project participants. c 2002, Peter Signell for Project PHYSNET, Physics-Astronomy Bldg., Mich. State Univ., E. Lansing, MI 48824; (517) 355-3784. For our liberal use policies see: http://www.physnet.org/home/modules/license.html. 3 4
• 4. MISN-0-20 3 MISN-0-20 4 ` ` N ` ` F ` F f s q q ` Fg F cos q Figure 2. One-body force diagram for a pulled car (see text). Figure 1. The eﬀective force for horizontal displacement. tion of the displacement s (see Fig. 1) is:1 The name joule was chosen to honor James Joule (1816-1889), a British scientist famous for his research on the concepts of heat and energy. W = |F | cos θ |s| = F s cos θ . (1) 2e. Illustration of the Work Concept. An Example/Problem: A We recognize that the right hand side of this equation has the same form Toyota (mass equal to 1.0 × 103 kg) that had run out of gas was pulled as the scalar (or dot) product of the two vectors F and s, so we can down a level street by 3 people, each exerting 7.0 × 102 N of force on express the work done as: a rope inclined at 30.0◦ to the horizontal. The motion was at constant velocity because of friction, mostly between the tires and the street. The W = |F | |s| cos θ = F · s . (2) people pulled the car for one block (150 meters) before becoming tired Work is a scalar quantity, although the force and displacement involved and quitting. in its deﬁnition are vector quantities. Notice that we can write Eq. (1) either as (F cos θ) × s or as • How much work was done by the people? F × (s cos θ). This suggests that the work can be calculated in two diﬀer- 3 ent ways: either we multiply the magnitude of the displacement by the Fpeople = Fi = 3(700 N) = 2100 N component of the force in the direction of the displacement or we multiply i=1 the magnitude of the force by the component of the displacement in the F · s = F (cos θ) s = (2100 N)(cos 30◦ )(150 m) Wpeople = direction of the force. These two ways are entirely equivalent. 2.7 × 105 J. = (2 digits of accuracy) Work can be positive or negative since cos θ can take on positive or negative values (−1 ≤ cos θ ≤ +1). If the force acts in the displacement • How much work was done by the normal force N ? direction, the work is positive. If the force acts in the opposite direction to the displacement, the work is negative. For example, consider a person Since Fvertical = 0, then N = (mg − F sin θ) y . ˆ lowering an object to the ﬂoor. In this case F points up and s points Wnormal = N · s = 0, since N ⊥ s. down. While lowering the object, negative work is done by the upward force of the person’s hand. • How much work was done by the gravitational force, Fg ? 2d. Units of Work. The units of work are products of units of force The answer: Wgravity = F · s which is also zero, since Fg ⊥ s. and units of distance. In SI units, work is expressed in joules, abbreviated J. A joule is a newton-meter: one joule is the work done by a force of one These last two cases emphasize that, whenever θ = 90◦ , the work newton when it moves a particle one meter in the same direction as the done will be zero. force. Recalling that N = kg m/s2 we have that: • Where did the energy go? We found that 2.7 × 105 joules of work J = N m = kg m2 /s2 . were performed, by the people, on the car-earth system. This means that the people lost, and the car-earth system gained, 2.7×105 joules 1 See “Vectors I: Products of Vectors” (MISN-0-2). 7 8
• 5. MISN-0-20 5 MISN-0-20 6 Effective Force (F cos q ) Effective Force (F cos q ) si sf ` Displacement s Figure 3. The eﬀective force versus the displacement. Figure 4. A variable force versus ` Displacement (s) of energy. What happened to that energy? Some might have gone displacement. into energy of motion, kinetic energy of the car, but the car wound up not having any motion. In fact, the energy went into heating the 3b. One Dimensional Motion: An Integral. As a ﬁrst stab at pavement, the tires, the axles, the wheel bearings, the wheel bearing integrating Eq. (3), let us investigate the situation where the force and grease, and eventually the air surrounding these items as they cooled the displacement are along the same line of action (say the x-axis) and oﬀ. Finally, the atmosphere radiated some of the energy out into the force is a known function of the position x. That is, F = F (x)ˆ where x space and it became lost to the earth. F (x) is known. During a small displacement dx, so ds = dxˆ, the force x does an amount of work dW given by: 2f. Graphical Interpretation of Work. For a graphical interpreta- tion of the work concept we plot the eﬀective force (F cos θ) versus the dW = F · ds = F (x) dx . displacement during the interval from the initial position si to the ﬁnal position sf . The work done is (F cos θ)(s), the area under the curve shown in Fig. 3. To obtain the work over a ﬁnite interval we sum these inﬁnitesimal contributions by integrating. As the force moves the particle from a to b 3. Work Done by Variable Forces the work varies from zero to its ﬁnal value: 3a. Work During Inﬁnitesimal Displacement. Let us now con- W b dW = F (x) dx sider the more usual case where the work is done by a force whose value a 0 will depend on the position of the point of application. For a force that is changing only in magnitude, we can represent the situation graphically as in Fig. 4. In order to ﬁnd the work done for some displacement, we imagine di- Force F(x) viding the displacement into a very large number of inﬁnitesimal intervals. The work done by a force F (s) during any one inﬁnitesimal displacement ds is given by: dW = F (s) · ds . (3) a b Figure 5. The area under the curve Displacement represents Work. In order to obtain the total work done, which is a ﬁnite measurable parameter, we must sum up (integrate) those (inﬁnitesimal) increments of work. 9 10
• 6. MISN-0-20 7 MISN-0-20 8 ` F F=0 -kx F (a) (b) x Figure 7. The work done by a force x 0 compressing a spring from 0 to x is the x=0 area (1/2)kx2 under the “force versus ` F = -kx F displacement” curve. x (c) deformed). That is, if a “linear” spring is stretched or compressed a x distance x, it resists with a force F = −kx. Here the (−) sign indicates slope = -k x>0 that the spring’s force is opposite to the direction of the displacement ` from equilibrium. We call this a “restoring” force since it tends to restore F the spring to its equilibrium position. The quantity k is called the “spring constant”: it is a measure of the “stiﬀness” of the spring. By the way, (d) saying the spring is in its “equilibrium position” merely means that it is x neither compressed nor stretched. x<0 Suppose one ﬁnds that a 36 N force compressed a particular spring Figure 6. Force characteristics of a spring. (a) The spring by 6.0 cm. How much work is done by the force if it compresses the spring force F as a function of its displacement x. (b) The spring by 5.0 cm? First, note that the value of the spring constant is: in its equilibrium state. (c) The spring stretched by a dis- F −36 N placement x to the right and with a spring force F to the = 6.0 × 102 N/m . k=− = −6.0 × 10−2 m x left. (d) The spring compressed with a displacement x to the spring force F to the right. Then the work done by the compressing force is: 0 or W= FR · ds = (−kx) dx , b −x Wa→b = F (x) dx . (4) a since F is parallel to ds and is in the same direction. Thus: Graphically, the work is the area under the curve of F (x) versus x (see 0 kx2 Fig. 5). In order to calculate it we did not need to know the actual details W = −k x dx = = 0.75 J . of the motion, such as velocity as a function of time. Note that the 2 −x graphical representation illustrates that work requires a displacement (if This transfer of energy depleted the energy of the system applying the we are to have an area under the curve) and the notation Wa→b also serves force and increased the (internal) energy of the spring. to remind us of this fact. Work is not We can arrive at the same result graphically by calculating the area a function of a single position in space like F (x). Work at a point has no under the “F versus x” curve. Since the area of a triangle is half its height meaning; only over a displacement is it meaningful. times its base, we have: 3c. Example: a Stretched Spring. As a helical spring is stretched or 1 1 compressed, away from its equilibrium position, the spring resists with a (−kx)(−x) = kx2 . force that is fairly accurately linear (unless it is poorly made or becomes 2 2 11 12
• 7. MISN-0-20 9 MISN-0-20 10 y ` ds ` A Fq B `q F ` ds ` Figure 9. The total work is the sum over suc- ` Fq ds cessive inﬁnitesimal displacements. Figure 8. A force whose point of 0 x application follows a curved path. Equation (5) is the “line integral deﬁnition of work.” For each in- crement of displacement ds along the path, the corresponding increment 3d. General Motion: A Line Integral. The force F doing work may of work dW = F · ds is calculated and then these scalar quantities are vary in direction as well as in magnitude, and the point of application may simply summed to give the work along the total path. move along a curved path. To compute the work done in this general case we again divide the path up into a large number of small displacements We can obtain an equivalent general expression for Eq. (5) by ex- ds, each pointing along the path in the direction of motion. At each point, pressing F and ds in scalar component form. With F = Fx x + Fy y + Fz z ˆ ˆ ˆ ds is in the direction of motion. and ds = dxˆ + dy y + dz z , the resulting work done in going from position x ˆ ˆ A = (xA , yA , zA ) to position B = (xB , yB , zB ) can be expressed as: The amount of work done during a displacement ds is: xf yf zf dW = F (s) · ds = F (s)(cos θ) ds , Wi→f = Fx dx + Fy dy + Fz dz , (6) xi yi zi where F (s) cos θ is the component of the force along the tangent to the where each integral must be evaluated along a projection of the path. trajectory at ds. The total work done in moving from point si to point sf is the sum of all the work done during successive inﬁnitesimal displace- Example: At Space Mountain in Disney World the space rocket ride is ments: simulated by a cart which slides along a roller coaster track (see cover) W = F1 · ds1 + F2 · ds2 + F3 · ds3 + . . . which we will consider to be frictionless. Starting at an initial position #1 at height H above the ground, ﬁnd the work done on this rocket when Replacing the sum over the line segments by an integral, the work is found you ride it to the ﬁnal position f at the bottom of the track (see Fig. 10). to be: B B The forces that act on this “rocket” are: the force of gravity, Fg = WA→B = F (s) · ds = F (s)(cos θ) ds , (5) A A −mg y and the “normal” surface reaction force N . The total work done ˆ where θ is a function of s, the position along the trajectory. This is the by the resultant force FR = Fg + N on the rocket between the two end most general deﬁnition of the work done by a force F (s). We cannot points is: evaluate this integral until we know how both F and θ vary from point f to point along the path. Wi→f = FR · ds = (Fg + N ) · ds = Fg · ds + N · ds. i For any vector V which is a function of position, an integral of the form f Since the surface force is always perpendicular to the path, it does V · ds , no work. That is, N · ds = N cos φ ds = 0, since the angle between N i and ds is always 90◦ . This is true despite the fact that the angle between along some path joining points i and f , is called “the line integral of V .” Fg and ds changes continuously as the rocket goes down the track. Equation (5) is of this nature because it is evaluated along the actual path in space followed by the particle as it moves from i to f . 13 14
• 8. MISN-0-20 11 MISN-0-20 12 ` For constant force or velocity, using Eq. (3) and v = ds/dt we get: N ` N P = Fconst · v ; P = F · vconst . (8) i ` ` ds ds The average power Pav during a time interval ∆t is: ` N W Pav = . ` ` H ∆t Fg Fg If the power is constant in time, then Pconst = Pav and ` ` Fg ds f W = Pconst ∆t . (9) Figure 10. Force diagram for rocket cart. 4b. Units of Power. According to the deﬁnition of power, its units are units of work divided by units of time. In the MKS system, the unit Now we can write ds = dx x + dy y so that: ˆ ˆ of power is called a watt, abbreviated W, which is equivalent to a joule per second. One watt is the power of a machine that does work at the Wi→f = Fg · ds = (−mg y ) · (dxˆ + dy y ) ˆ x ˆ rate of one joule every second. Recalling that J = m2 kg/s2 , we have that: 0 0 = − mg dy = −mg dy = mgH W = J/s = m2 kg/s3 . H H The name watt was chosen in honor of the British engineer James Watt Here we see that the line integral reduces to a simple summation of the (1736-1819) who improved the steam engine with his inventions. elements dy, which are the projections of ds on the constant direction Fg . Work can be expressed in units of power × time. This is the origin The answer, mgH, is an important one to remember. It is the energy of the term kilowatt-hour (kWh). One kilowatt-hour is the work done in of the earth-plus-rocket system that was transferred from gravitational 1 hour by an agent working at a constant rate of 1 kW (1000 W). Elec- energy to mechanical energy. That answer holds for any earth-plus-object tricity is sold “per kWh.” system. Example: Under very intense physical activity the total power output of the heart may be 15 unitwatts. How much work does the heart do in 4. Power one minute at this rate? 4a. Deﬁnition of Power. Let us now consider the time involved in W = Pconst ∆t = (15 W) (60 s) = 900 J . doing work. The same amount of work is done in raising a given body through a given height whether it takes one second or one year to do so. However, the rate at which work is done is often as interesting to us as is the total work performed. When an engineer designs a machine it is 5. Kinetic Energy usually the time rate at which the machine can do work that matters. Instantaneous power is deﬁned as the time rate at which work is 5a. Deﬁnition of Kinetic Energy. A particle’s kinetic energy is being done at some instant of time. That is, it is the limit, as the time deﬁned as the amount of energy a particle has, due solely to its velocity. interval approaches zero, of the amount of work done during the interval Using Newton’s second law and the deﬁnition of total work, one can show divided by the interval. Since this is the deﬁnition of the time derivative, that the kinetic energy, Ek , of a particle of mass m traveling at velocity we have: v is: dW 1 KINETIC ENERGY = Ek = mv 2 . P= . (7) (10) dt 2 15 16
• 9. MISN-0-20 13 MISN-0-20 14 This is valid whenever Newtonian mechanics is valid. We can easily il- for a distance h. Therefore the work done by the gravitational force is: lustrate this derivation for the special case of a resultant force, FR , that h h acts on a particle of mass m along the direction of its displacement. For W= F · ds = (−mg y ) · (−dy y ) = ˆ ˆ m g dy = m g h . this case the total work done on the particle is: 0 0 Since this is the only work done on the particle, it is equal to the ﬁnal sf xf WT,i→f = FR · ds = FR dx . (11) kinetic energy: si xi 1 mgh = mv 2 . 2 Since the force, hence the acceleration, is along the direction of displace- ment, we can use Eq. (11) and Newton’s second law2 to write: Solving for velocity: v = 2gh , xf xf xf dv dx Wi→f = m a dx = m dx = m dv which is the same result we obtain from kinematics for an object falling dt dt xi xi xi with constant acceleration g (a “freely-falling” object). (12) 2 xf xf mvf 2 mvi Example: It is possible for a person with a mass of 7.0 × 101 kg to fall = m v dv = m v dv = − . 2 2 to the ground from a height of 10.0 meters without sustaining an injury. xi xi What is the kinetic energy of such a person just before hitting the ground? Thus the work that went into accelerating the particle, from vi to vf , The velocity of the person is: is exactly equal to the change in the kinetic energy for that particle. Note that kinetic energy is a scalar quantity. It is, as we shall see, just 2(9.8 m/s2 )(10 m) = 14 m/s . v= 2gh = as signiﬁcant as the vector quantity, momentum, that is also a quantity used to describe a particle in motion. Then the kinetic energy of the person is: 2 2 From its deﬁnition, kinetic energy has dimensions M L /T , either 1 1 mv 2 = (70 kg)(14 m/s)2 = 6.9 × 103 J . Ek = mass multiplied by the square of speed, or, since it is equivalent to work 2 2 [as shown in Eq. (12)], force multiplied by distance. Thus, the kinetic energy of a particle may be expressed in joules. It follows that a 2 kg 5b. The Energy Concept. Of all the concepts of physics, that of particle moving at 1 m/s has a kinetic energy of 1 J. energy is perhaps the most far-reaching. Everyone, whether a scientist or not, has an awareness of energy and what it means. Energy is what The kinetic energy of a particle can be expressed in terms of the we have to pay for in order to get things done. The work itself may magnitude of its linear momentum, mv = p: remain in the background, but we recognize that each gallon of gasoline, (mv)2 p2 |p|2 1 each Btu of heating gas, each kilowatt-hour of electricity, each calorie of mv 2 = Ek = = = (13) food value, represents, in one way or another, the wherewithal for doing 2 2m 2m 2m something. We do not think in terms of paying for force, or acceleration, or momentum. Energy is the universal currency that exists in apparently Example: A particle of mass m starts from rest and falls a vertical countless denominations, and physical processes represent a conversion distance h. What is the work done on this particle and what is its ﬁnal from one denomination to another. kinetic energy? The above remarks do not really deﬁne energy. No matter. It is worth The particle experiences only a single constant force, F = −mg y , in ˆ recalling the opinion of H. A. Kramers: “The most important and most the downward direction. The displacement, ds = − dy y , is also downward ˆ fruitful concepts are those to which it is impossible to attach a well-deﬁned meaning.” The clue to the immense value of energy as a concept lies in its 2 See “Free-Body Force Diagrams, Frictional Forces, Newton’s Second Law” (MISN- 0-15). transformation. We often ﬁnd energy deﬁned in general as the ability to do 17 18
• 10. MISN-0-20 15 MISN-0-20 16 work. A system possesses energy; it can do work. At any instant a system The evaluation of the integral in this last step can be easily seen if you write v and dv in scalar component notation.3 In summary, has a certain energy content. Part or all of this energy can be transformed into the activity of work. Work is only an active measure of energy and f not a form of energy itself. Work is best regarded as a mode of transfer Wi→f = FR · ds = ∆Ek . (14) of energy from one form to another. It is a medium of exchange. In this i unit we are dealing with only one category of energy–the kinetic energy Equation (14) is known as the Work-Kinetic Energy Relation and it is associated with the motion of an object. If energy should be transferred valid no matter what the nature of the force: from this form into chemical energy, radiation, or the random molecular and atomic motion we call heat, then from the standpoint of mechanics The total work done on a particle (by the resultant force acting on it is gone. This is a very important feature, because it means that, if we it), between some starting point si and ending point sf , is the change restrict our attention purely to mechanics, conservation of energy does not in the particle’s kinetic energy between those two end points. hold. Nevertheless, as we shall see, there are many physical situations in which total mechanical energy is conserved, and in such contexts it is of enormous value in the analysis of real problems. This relation applies quite apart from the particular path followed, so long as the total work done on the particle is properly computed from the resultant force. 6. The Work-Kinetic Energy Relation 6b. Signiﬁcance of the Relation. The work-kinetic energy relation 6a. Derivation of the Relation. Equation (12) shows that the work is not a new independent relationship of classical physics. We have derived done on a particle, when the resultant force acting on the particle is in it directly from Newton’s second law, utilizing the deﬁnitions of work and the direction of the displacement, is equal to the change in the particle’s kinetic energy. This relation is helpful in solving problems where the work kinetic energy. For the more general case of a force that is not in the done by the resultant force is easily computed, or where we are interested direction of motion, we can still derive this valuable relation between the in ﬁnding the speed of a particle at a particular position. However, we work done and the change in kinetic energy. should recognize that the work-kinetic energy principle is the starting point for formulating some sweeping generalizations in physics. We have Write FR for the resultant force acting upon a particle of mass m, stressed that this principle can be applied when ΣW is interpreted as moving along a path between the two positions si and sf , then: the work done by the resultant force acting on a particle. In many cases sf dv however, it is more useful to compute separately the work done by each Wi→f = FR · ds = ma · ds = m · ds of certain types of forces which may be acting and to give these special dt si designations. This leads us to the identiﬁcation of diﬀerent types of en- ds = m dv · =m dv · v . ergy, and the principle of the conservation of energy.4 dt Example: (a) How much work is required to stop a 1.0 × 103 kg car that 3 For additional discussion of the mathematical steps presented in this deriva- Thus: tion see Newtonian Mechanics, A. P. French, W. W. Norton & Co. (1971), pp. 368- 2 72, or Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 1, Melissinos and Lobkowicz, vf mvf 2 mvi Wi→f = m dv · v = − = Ek,f − Ek,i = ∆Ek . W. B. Saunders Company (1975), p. 170. 2 2 4 See “Potential Energy, Conservative Forces, the Law of Conservation of Energy” vi (MISN-0-21). 19 20